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GRIECO FUNERAL HOMES

Built in 1862 by Charles Dingee, the Dingee Mansion was the family's residence until 1945. It was known as the original "Farm House" of West Grove and is now considered one of Southern Chester County's Historical Landmarks. It was established as a funeral home by Thomas Foulk in 1954 and was purchased by Matthew Grieco in 2000. The Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home has undergone extensive renovations since Matthew took ownership. A new parking lot has been added and construction has been completed to make the funeral home an elegant and convenient location for any type of funeral ceremony. In addition to traditional funeral services, we also look forward to serving the growing Hispanic Community. In keeping with the same traditions as Mr. Foulk, and the development of new services, it is our privilege to serve the families of Southern Chester County.


Our Obituaries

Meade Barner Jones

July 26, 1925 - March 28, 2015

Meade Barner Jones, age 89, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28th at Kendal at Longwood. She was the wife of L. Davis Jones, who passed away in 1984, and with whom she shared 38 years of marriage. She was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late David Meade and Nelle McClendon Barner. Meade led a long and rich...
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Margaret Rose Jennings

April 25, 1933 - March 22, 2015

MARGARET ROSE JENNINGS, age 81, of Avondale, PA, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Twin Pines Health Care Center. She was the wife of Lewis B. Jennings who passed away in 2005, and with whom she shared 30 years of marriage. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she was the daughter of the late William and Rosa Barr McDonald. She came to the United States when she was 21 and lived in...
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Francis "Frank" R. DiFilippo

March 10, 1923 - March 22, 2015

Francis "Frank" R. DiFilippo, age 92 of West Grove, PA, died Sunday March 22, 2015 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove, PA surrounded by his beloved grand-daughters. He was the husband of Miranda Quartessi DiFilippo who died in 2004 and with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Camden, NJ, he was the son of the late Nazarene and the late Mary Genova DiFilippo. Frank...
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Janet R. Sharpless

March 2, 1952 - March 21, 2015

JANET R. SHARPLESS, age 63, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at her residence. She was the wife of William B. Sharpless, Sr., with whom she shared 41 years of marriage. She was a homemaker. Janet enjoyed going to comedy shows, going to see live music, was known to enjoy a good laugh, and in earlier years, she sang with a few local bands. She especially...
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Jayne Miller Mattioni

October 18, 1935 - March 20, 2015

Jayne (Miller) Mattioni, age 79, of Dover, NH, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Dover, NH.. Born in Oxford, PA in 1935, to Sarah (Cazier) and Leslie Miller, she was a lifelong resident of Chester County, living in Oxford, West Grove and Avondale. Most recently, Jayne resided in Bellamy Fields, Dover, New Hampshire. Jayne was the beloved wife of Dominic "Gee" Mattioni, who...
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Marsha Sue Gilmore

May 13, 1947 - March 20, 2015

Marsha Sue Gilmore, age 67 of West Chester, PA died on Friday March 20, 2015 at her home surrounded by her husband (together 18 years) Leo P. Gilmore and her daughter Sarah M. Goldman (husband Jeffrey Goldman.) Marsha was born in Michigan City, Indiana, where she was raised by Morris and Gertrude Levin Kozin. Marsha earned her BA in sociology and history from the University of Illinois...
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Marion E. Baker

February 1, 1918 - March 19, 2015

MARION E. BAKER, age 97, of Newtown Square, PA, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, in the Care Center of Dunwoody Village. Born in Chatham, PA, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Ethel Edwards Baker. A 1940 graduate of the Teachers College of West Chester, PA, she taught at the Llanerch Elementary School in Havertown, PA, retiring in 1968, Miss Baker was a member of the...
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Benson Bennett Martin, Jr.

October 8, 1946 - March 18, 2015

Benson (Ben) Bennett Martin, Jr., V.M.D. of Kennett Square, PA left this world on Wednesday March 18, 2015 after a long illness. He was 68 years old at the time of his passing and was known as Bennie to his family and closest friends. He was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on October 8, 1946 to Benson Bennett Martin and Janeth (Nancy) Martin who preceded him in death. He graduated from Fairfield...
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Corrin N. Corbin

December 12, 1935 - March 17, 2015

Corrin N. Corbin, age 79, of Avondale, Pa. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. Born in Altoona, Pa. he was the son of the late Miriam & Edgar A. Corbin, Sr. A graduate of Altoona High School and Lock Haven University, he was a teacher at Kennett High School. He joined the DuPont Company in 1960. In 1986 he was named director of Apparel...
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Daniel "Danny" M. Sydenstricker

February 21, 1964 - March 17, 2015

Daniel "Danny" M. Sydenstricker, 51, of Lincoln University, PA, died suddenly on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Robin Swayne Sydenstricker, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, Danny was the son of the late Russell M. and the late Katharine Dilley Sydenstricker. He was co-owner of Russ's Transmission Service in Toughkenamon, PA. He was an...
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John B. Dewey

June 27, 1922 - March 16, 2015

John B. Dewey, 92, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015 in West Grove, PA. Born on June 27, 1922 in Syracuse, NY, John was the youngest child to Lillian and Maurice Dewey. John grew up in Warners, NY and graduated from Warners High School in 1938. In 1940, he entered Cornell University's School of Agriculture. In 1942, he joined the Navy and served as a Pharmacist's Mate, Second Class for two...
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Lawrence "Larry" M. Klevans

January 24, 1933 - March 15, 2015

Lawrence M. "Larry" Klevans, age 82 of West Grove, PA, died Sunday, March 15, 2015, at his home in Jenner's Pond Retirement Community. Son of the late William and Bertha Klevans, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but grew up in Roaring Spring, PA. He was a graduate of Penn State University with a BS Chemical Engineering in 1954 and received a MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of...
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Andrew N. Steele

November 11, 1987 - March 15, 2015

Andrew N. Steele, age 27 of Landenberg, PA, passed away suddenly on Sunday March 15, 2015 in Paradise, PA. Born in West Chester, PA, he was a son of James L. and Kimberly (Willard) Steele. Andrew loved playing guitar and enjoyed all types of music. He was an avid reader of world history, enjoyed hiking at The White Clay Creek Preserve and loved animals, especially his German Shepherd. ...
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Yolanda Ciarrocchi Bush

April 2, 1925 - March 14, 2015

Yolanda Ciarrocchi Bush, age 89 of Toughkenamon, PA, died Saturday March 14, 2015 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of the late John M. Bush who died in 1989 and with whom she shared 36 years of marriage. Born in Toughkenamon, PA she was a daughter of the late Charles and the late Maria (Pappone) Ciarrocchi. Yolanda was a 1942 graduate of Kennett High School...
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Salvatore DiBenedetto

February 2, 1920 - March 12, 2015

SALVATORE DiBENEDETTO, age 95, of Toughkenamon, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. He was the husband of Jessie DeLaurentis DiBenedetto, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage. Born in Salle, Italy, he was the son of the late Pantelone and Loretta Lattanzio DiBenedetto He was a self employed mushroom grower and owned and operated Magnolia...
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Wilma J. Waldecker

April 16, 1921 - March 12, 2015

Wilma J. Waldecker, age 93, of Lincoln University, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Harrison House, Coatesville, PA. She was the wife of Frank W. Waldecker, who passed away in 2011. She was born in Ypsilanti, MI, daughter of the late Floyd and Norma Dolby Siddall. She was a homemaker. She is survived by one daughter, Sondra Waldecker of Lincoln University, PA. A service will be...
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Samuel Smedley

May 14, 1918 - March 12, 2015

Samuel Smedley, age 96, of Avondale, PA, passed away on March 12, 2015 at the VA Hospital Hospice in Coatesville, PA. Born in Media, PA, he was the son of the late Samuel and Alice Clayton Smedley. He is survived by one sister, Frances Ennis of Oxford, PA. He was predeceased by one brother, Hank Smedley. He worked in ground maintenance at Loch Nairn Golf Course. Service and burial will be...
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Irmgard Nierhaus Stebbins

November 22, 1926 - March 11, 2015

Irmgard Nierhaus Stebbins, age 88, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. She was the wife of the late David T. Stebbins, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Mulheim-An-Der-Ruhr in Germany, Irmgard was the daughter of the late Heinrich and the late Wilhelmina (Fries) Nierhaus. The family immigrated to the United States when Irmgard was two years old. ...
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William Kenneth Mendenhall, Jr.

January 27, 1932 - March 10, 2015

William Kenneth Mendenhall Jr. of The Waterford, Juno Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on the 10th of March, 2015 after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Ken Mendenhall was born on the 27th January 1932 in Englewood, New Jersey, son of the late William K. Mendenhall, and the late Jeanne Pierce Mendenhall. Ken graduated from Leonia High School and studied at Hamden Sydney before...
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Rebecca Lynn Carter

September 7, 1970 - March 9, 2015

____________________________________________________________________________ Rebecca Lynn Carter, age 44 of West Chester, PA, died Monday March 9, 2015 at her home. Born in Washington, DC, she was a daughter of David B. Carter of West Chester and Elizabeth M. (Roessler) Carter of Allentown, PA. She was a 1988 graduate of William Allen High School; she was a 1992 graduate from Muhlenberg...
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Dewey S. Price

June 13, 1927 - March 7, 2015

DEWEY S. PRICE, age 87, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was the husband of Bonnie Mahala Price, with whom he share 56 years of marriage. Born in Creston, NC, he was the son of the late Malcom and Margie Allen Price. Dewey was a Machinist at Wyeth Laboratories in West Chester, PA for 13 years, retiring in 1987. He was a...
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Jacques S. Stein

May 26, 1918 - March 7, 2015

Jacques ''Jack" Stein. Age 96, died the evening of March 7, 2015 in Jennersville, Pa He was born May 26, 1918 to Oscar and Laura Schrenk Stein. He graduated from Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pa in 1936. There he was a star athlete in football, baseball and track and field. He married Miriam Frances Holmes on February 18, 1944. They lived in Levittown, Pa. and Hilton Head Island...
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Helen Ada Hackman

February 28, 1924 - March 6, 2015

HELEN ADA HACKMAN, age 91, of Avondale, PA, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015, at her residence. She was the wife of Franklin Hackman, Sr., who passed away in 1995, and with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Pomeroy, PA, she was the daughter of the late Clarence S. and Olga Flaharty Bailey. Mrs. Hackman was a homemaker and enjoyed being with her friends and family. She...
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John Francis Forlino II

April 2, 1949 - March 3, 2015

John Francis Forlino, II, age 65 of Oxford, PA, died Tuesday March 3, 2015 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. He was the husband of Nancy Galati Forlino, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Born in Chester, PA, he was a son of the late John F. and the late Mildred Irene (Goodchild) Forlino. John was a 1971 graduate of West Chester University. He was an Industrial Designer...
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Ernestine Elaine Sanders Drew

September 6, 1923 - March 1, 2015

Ernestine Elaine Sanders Drew, age 91, of Kennett Square, PA, died Sunday March 1, 2015 at Linden Hall Nursing Home in Kennett Square, PA. She was the wife of the late Joseph D. Drew who died in 2009 and with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Hanford, CA, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and the late Eunice (Harper) Sanders. She was a member of Willowdale Chapel where...
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Marilyn Dulin Dewey

February 23, 1927 - February 28, 2015

Marilyn A. Dewey, 88, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in West Grove, PA. Born on February 23, 1927 in Cairo, NY, Marilyn was the oldest daughter to Mary and Fred S. Dulin. Marilyn grew up in Fly Creek, NY and graduated from Cooperstown High School. In 1948, she graduated from Cornell University and married John B. Dewey in 1949. A respectful, giving, and loving person, she took...
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Vince Ruggieri

November 20, 1959 - February 28, 2015

VINCE RUGGIERI, age 55, of Avondale, Passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Born in Jennersville, PA, he was the son of the late Frank and Patricia Lurty Ruggieri. Vince was a Tile Setter, last working for Coyote Construction Co., in Kennett Square. He enjoyed camping, canoeing, gardening, chopping wood, the outdoors, riding his bike and being with his family and friends. He is...
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Shirley J. Mathias

April 19, 1934 - February 24, 2015

SHIRLEY J. MATHIAS, age 80, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA. She was the wife of Philip H. Mathias, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Braddock, PA, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Clara Bunt Fischer. She was a homemaker and also taught Home Economics at Penncrest High School in Media, PA...
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Michele "Mike" DiPietro

November 30, 1913 - February 24, 2015

1913 Michele "Mike" DiPietro, age 101, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Teresa D'Anastasio DiPietro, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Born in Cesa, Rocca St. Maria, Italy, he was the son of the late Girolamo & Antonietta DiMatteo DiPietro. Before Mike came to the US, he was enlisted in the Italian army...
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Edward J. Vetrone

November 4, 1921 - February 23, 2015

Edward Joseph Vetrone, age 93, of West Grove, Pa left this world to be reunited with his loving wife, Anna Margaret Dreger Vetrone, of 69 years who pre deceased him in 2011. Born in Philadelphia, Pa November 4, 1921. son of the late Ernest Vetrone and Edith Myers. Ed & Ann eloped prior to his deployment to the European theater. Ed was a combat photographer in WW2 from Nov 1942 to Oct 1945. He...
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Jesse John DeFrees

October 7, 1973 - February 22, 2015

Jesse John DeFrees, age 41 of Lincoln University, PA, died Sunday February 22, 2015 at his home. He was the husband of Charlene Costa DeFrees, with whom he shared 16 years of marriage. Born in Reading PA, he was a son of Ronald and Joyce (Stuebner) DeFrees of Reading, PA. Jesse was a 1996 graduate of the University of Delaware where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in International...
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Mary Jane "Jane" Mahaffey

August 14, 1932 - February 22, 2015

Mary Jane (Jane) Mahaffey, age 82, of West Grove, PA died peacefully in her sleep on February 22, 2015 after a long illness. Jane was born to Alfred and Lillian Slade on August 14, 1932 in Philadelphia. She graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1950 and then attended Beaver College where she majored in music. After graduating in 1954, she sang solo soprano in many recitals and...
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Irene B. Taylor

July 12, 1927 - February 21, 2015

IRENE B. TAYLOR, age 87, of Avondale, PA, passed away at her residence on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Born in West Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late James C. and Suzanna Mackey Taylor. Irene was a Bookkeeper at Conard-Pyle, Star Roses, in West Grove, PA for 60 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of the Avondale Presbyterian Church, where she had served as an Elder,...
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Mary K. Wollaston

July 25, 1955 - February 19, 2015

Mary Wollaston, age 59, of Landenberg, PA, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Conway Medical Center outside Myrtle Beach, SC, after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was born July 25, 1955 in Havre de Grace, MD, to Francis Krzywicki and the late Helen Chessock Krzywicki. Mary graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Home Economics and later earned her Certificate in...
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Eula Dowell

August 26, 1931 - February 19, 2015

EULA DOWELL, age 83, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA. Born in Mountain City, TN, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Nancy Potter Dowell. Eula was a repacker at Phillips Mushroom Co., in Kennett Square, PA for 32 years, retiring in 2003. She enjoyed traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles and being...
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Armando Davalos Esparza

October 22, 1958 - February 17, 2015

Armando Davalos Esparza, age 56, of Oxford, PA, died on February 17, 2015, at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown, PA. Husband of Ana Rosa Martinez de Davalos, father to Luis Armando Davalos Martinez, and Rosa Guadalupe Davalos Martinez, all of Oxford. He has five brothers and sisters in Mexico He worked for Selts Technical in Oxford, PA... Viewing, 5:00- 7:00, Wednesday evening, Feb 25 at...
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Marian Bernard Lewis

October 17, 1921 - February 16, 2015

Marian B. Lewis, age 93 of Kennett Square, PA died Monday February 16, 2015 at Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of the late Charles Hunter Lewis who died in 1956. Born in Kennett Square, PA, she was the daughter of the late Franklin and Mamie Merritt Bernard. Marian served our country in the Army as a Nurse during WWII. Her duties took her to England, Japan, and D Day...
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James William Wetzel

April 28, 1951 - February 15, 2015

James W. Wetzel, age 63, died February 15, 2015, after a severe fall in his home. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin on April 28,1951 and was the son of Roland H. Wetzel & Muriel (Auler) Wetzel. His family moved to Wilmington, DE when he was an infant, and later moved to Landenberg, PA. He graduated from Avon Grove High School in 1969. He attended Penn State University, graduating in 1973 with...
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Jule B. Hoover

April 15, 1924 - February 14, 2015

JULE B. HOOVER, age 90, of Unionville, PA, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at her residence. She was the wife of Gerald E. Hoover, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Estella Hewitt Bartley. She was a math teacher at Ursuline Academy, Wilmington, DE, retiring in 1991. Mrs. Hoover enjoyed shopping,...
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Ronald H. Pfeiffer

December 18, 1946 - February 13, 2015

Ronald H. Pfeiffer, age 68, of New London Township peacefully passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, at the Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA, with his devoted wife Pam and loving son Ronald Jr. by his side. Ron was born and raised in Newington, CT, the only son of the late Mildred and Harold Pfeiffer. Ron pursued an education in Chemistry at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, ...
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Grace M. DiProspero

February 4, 1935 - February 13, 2015

GRACE M. DiPROSPERO, age 80, of West Chester, PA, formerly of Kennett Square, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, at Barclay Friends. She was the wife of Erasimo A. DiProspero who passed away in 2014, and with whom she shared 55 years of marriage Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Grace Brittin McCormick. Grace was a Purchasing Clerk at the Chester...
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Katie Dolores Bussler Kozak

July 23, 1930 - February 12, 2015

Katie Dolores Bussler Kozak, age 84, of West Grove, PA, formerly of St. Mary's County, MD, died of congestive heart failure on Thursday February 12, 2015 at her home in West Grove, PA . Born on July 23, 1930, in Compton, MD, she was the daughter of the late Violet Ching Abell Bussler and George Edward Bussler , and was named after her paternal grandmother. Katie was married June 4, 1954, at Our...
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William B. Allman

February 16, 1927 - February 11, 2015

William "Washboard Bill" Allman February 16, 1927 to February 11, 2015 William B. Allman, resident of West Grove, Pennsylvania, passed peacefully surrounded by his family at the age of 87 on February 11, 2015 under the caring efforts of the Neighborhood Health Hospice's Inpatient Unit in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Born in 1927 and raised in Holmesburg, Philadelphia, he was the son of Drue...
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Charles "Tom" T. Taylor

August 1, 1951 - February 11, 2015

CHARLES "Tom" T. TAYLOR, age 63, of Oxford, PA, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late David K. Taylor, Jr. and Gladys Raby Taylor. Tom was a Para Professional at the Delaware School for the Deaf, Ogletown, DE, retiring in 2011 after 17 years of service. He enjoyed playing golf,...
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Jerome Burruss

February 13, 1935 - February 9, 2015

JEROME BURRUSS, age 79, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015, at Twin Pines Health Care, West Grove, PA. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late Richard and Anita Davis Burruss. He was a self employed belt maker. Jerome enjoyed playing his guitar, listening to Country & Western music, NASCAR, and being with people. He played his guitar with many small...
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Daniel Sosa Vega

March 12, 1972 - February 9, 2015

Daniel Sosa Vega, age 42, of West Grove, PA, passed away on February 9, 2015. He worked at Leone Pizzini & Son Survivors, Wife, Gabriela Lara Garcia; one son, Juan Daniel Sosa Lara; two daughters, Daisy Sosa Lara and Joanna Sosa Lara, 8 brothers and sisters. Viewing: 5:00-7:00 Monday evening, February 16, 2015 at St. Rocco Catholic Church, 333 Sunny Dell Road, Avondale, PA. His funeral Mass...
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Karlie Adele Hall

October 3, 1996 - February 8, 2015

Karlie Adele Hall age 18, of Chadds Ford, PA, passed away Sunday February 8, 2015 at Millersville University. Born in Miami Florida, she was a daughter of John Hall (Tatiana) of Florida and Jeanette Wilson Hall of Chadds Ford. Karlie was a 2014 graduate of Unionville High School where she enjoyed playing Rugby. She also enjoyed swimming, dancing and many other sports throughout her...
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Robert K. Shuttleworth

June 20, 1941 - February 8, 2015

ROBERT K. SHUTTLEWORTH, age 73, of Unionville, PA, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Karen Ross Shuttleworth, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Kline and Julia Lozinak Shuttleworth. He was an Engineer at the Boeing Company, for 33 years, retiring in 1996. ...
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Patrick John Robinson

September 11, 1923 - February 8, 2015

Patrick John Robinson, age 91 of West Chester, PA, died Sunday February 8, 2015 at Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Dale Ruth Robinson with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Calgary Canada which he often called God's country, he was the son of the late Miles Harding and the late Blanche Hardbottle Robinson. Patrick was founder and owner of two...
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Marian L. Hoover

December 8, 1930 - February 7, 2015

Marian L. Hoover, age 84, of West Grove, PA, formerly of Oxford, PA, passed away on February 7, 2015. at Twin Pines Health Care, Chatham, PA. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Her service and burial will be private.
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Josephine Bowlin Bruno

February 5, 1918 - February 7, 2015

Will post obituary soon.
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Juan Manuel Martinez Castaneda

October 24, 1995 - February 1, 2015

Juan Manuel Martinez Castaneda, age 19, of Kennett Square, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 Born in Mexico, he was the son of David Martinez Aquilar and Maria Elena Castaneda Galan of Mexico. Juan worked at Specialty Mushrooms Co. in Kennett Square. He is survived by one brother and two sisters, in Mexico. Viewing: 5:00-7:00 Tuesday evening, February 10, 2015, at St. Rocco's Catholic...
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Paul E. Rusek, Jr.

November 22, 1940 - January 31, 2015

Paul E. Rusek, Jr. of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on January, 31, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Sarah Elise Dixon Rusek with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in Springfield, MA, he was the son of the late Paul Edward and the late Emily (Nowak) Rusek. Paul earned his college degree at the University of Massachusetts, his Ph.D. in Chemistry at...
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Anthony James Evans

January 3, 2013 - January 30, 2015

ANTHONY JAMES EVANS, age 2, of Quarryville, PA, passed away at his residence on January 30, 2015. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of Jacob R. and Kelley Raimondo Evans of Quarryville, PA. Anthony was born with Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, he was a fighter and overcame most obstacles. He changed the lives of all who knew him. He loved trucks and trains, especially, Thomas the...
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Charles Michael McCracken, Jr.

August 6, 1963 - January 28, 2015

Charles Michael McCracken, Jr., age 51, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. He was the son of the late Charles M. and Judi Ann McKelvey McCracken. He was a stone and brick mason with Genovese Stone Works. He is survived by 2 daughters, Nicole and Amanda, and 1 brother, Scott McCracken. A service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00PM, ...
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Alfred "Fred" J. Cocciolone

February 3, 1921 - January 28, 2015

Alfred "Fred" J. Cocciolone, age 93 of West Grove, PA, died Wednesday January 28, 2015 at the Chester County Hospital. He was the husband of E. Ruth Bryan Cocciolone with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was a son of the late Fabio and the late Theresa (DiGiuseppe) Cocciolone. He graduated from Kennett High school in 1940. He served our country during...
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Ruth Platt Valk

July 12, 1921 - January 26, 2015

Ruth P. Valk of Jenners Pond community died Monday January 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late William E. Valk Jr. who died in 2006 and with whom she shared over 60 years of marriage.
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Kevin J. Travers

April 25, 1930 - January 26, 2015

Kevin J. Travers, age 84 of Kennett Square, PA, died Monday January 26, 2015 at Jenner's Pond Retirement Community in West Grove, PA. He was the husband of, and leaves behind Joan Beckett Travers, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Edward and the late Claire (Mustermann) Travers. Raised in Tenafly, NJ before his college years at...
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Clifford C. Harkins

August 21, 1932 - January 24, 2015

Clifford C. Harkins, age 82 of West Grove, PA, died Saturday January 24, 2015 at Crozer Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, PA. Born in Landenberg, PA, he was a son of the late George and the late Lillie (Lofton) Harkins. He served our country during the Korean War in the Army. He owned and operated his own painting business for many years. In earlier years he...
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Teresa "Terry" Catena Vincenti

January 21, 1924 - January 24, 2015

Teresa "Terry" Catena Vincenti, age 91 of Glen Mills, PA, died Saturday January 24, 2015 at Maris Grove retirement community in Glen Mills, PA. She was the wife of Nicholas J. Vincenti with whom she shared 69 years of marriage. Born in Toughkenamon, PA, she was the daughter of the late Camillo and the late Amelia (Fabiucci) Catena. Teresa was a Registered Nurse working for Christiana...
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Peter Ronald Eason

April 13, 1927 - January 21, 2015

Peter Ronald Eason, age 87, of Glen Mills, PA, died Wednesday January 21, 2015 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Jacqueline Palumbo Eason who died in 2014 and with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Brooklyn NY, he was the son of the late Peter R. Eason and the late Eileen Henderson Eason. Peter served our country during World War II in the Navy. ...
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Alberta H. Smith

February 6, 1913 - January 21, 2015

ALBERTA H. SMITH, age 101, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Pocopson Home. She was the wife of LeRoy T. Smith, who passed away in 1977, and with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Mildred Chaffee Hufford. Mrs. Smith was a Secretary at the Chester County Hospital, West Chester, PA for over 20 years,...
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Walter Joseph Reider

August 8, 1920 - January 20, 2015

Walter Joseph Reider, age 94 of Melbourne FL, died Tuesday January 20, 2015 at Linden Hall Nursing Home in Kennett Square, PA. He was the longtime companion of Peggy Whitehead and husband of the late Muriel Cody who died in 2005 and with whom he shared over twenty years of a very happy marriage. Born in New York City, NY, he was a son of the late Walter and the late Anna (Karoly) Reider. He...
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Jose Lopez Rodriguez

September 1, 1958 - January 18, 2015

Jose Lopez Rodriguez, age 56, of West Grove, PA, passed away on January 18, 2015. He was the husband of Ma De Lourdes Lopez. He was a Mushroom Grower at Modern Mushrooms. He is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, 5 granddaughters, 8 brothers and 1 sister. His viewing will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Friday evening, Janurary 23, at St. Rocco's Catholic Church, 333 Sunny Dell Road, Avondale, PA. His...
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John "Chooch" McLaughlin, Jr.

November 8, 1938 - January 17, 2015

John "Chooch" McLaughlin, Jr., age 76 of Cochranville, PA, died Saturday January 17, 2015 in West Grove, PA. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara Shelton McLaughlin, and was the loving companion of Kathleen Johnston for the last 6 years. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late John and the late Blanche (Zell) McLaughlin. He served in the Army for over 6 years in the 50's. ...
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Frances M. Pia

July 10, 1930 - January 14, 2015

FRANCES M. PIA, age 84, a lifetime resident of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Chester County Hospital. She was the wife of Bruno J. Pia, who passed away in 2002, and with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Secondina Olivieri Baccino. Mrs. Pia was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking...
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Juan Rosa Candelaria

July 25, 1920 - January 13, 2015

JUAN ROSA CANDELARIA, age 94, of Oxford, PA, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. He was the husband of Juana Rosa Machado who passed away in 2006, and with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Barcelona, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Eulalio Rosa and Dionisia Candelaria. Juan enjoyed reading his Bible and preaching the Word. He is survived by his...
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Alice M. Ohlfs Mantell

November 21, 1931 - January 12, 2015

Alice M. Ohlfs Mantell, age 83 of Kennett Square, PA, died Monday January 12, 2015 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of Robert T. Mantell with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Marinette, WI, she was a daughter of the late James and the late Margaret (Stoneburner) Ohlfs. In her early years, Alice was a Cub Scout Den mother for her boy's troop. ...
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Baby Ana Maria Virves Juan

January 10, 2015 - January 10, 2015

Baby Ana Maria Virves Juan, of Rising Sun, MD,was born and passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 in the Union Hospital, Elkton, MD. She was the daughter of Julio Virves Mateo and Micaela Juan Matias of Rising Sun, MD. Services will be private.
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Robert M. Chandler

July 15, 1924 - January 10, 2015

Robert M. Chandler, age 90, of Jenner's Pond, West Grove, PA, formerly of Wilmington passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his three children Robert R., Barbara (Hallett), Gary, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bob was born in Buffalo, NY on July 15th 1924 to Anieta E. (Hageter) and Theodore W. Chandler. After graduating from high school, he...
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James "Jim" Scherer Pritchard

March 29, 1933 - January 5, 2015

James "Jim" Scherer Pritchard passed away at Park Lane at Bellingham in West Chester, Pennsylvania on January 5th at age 81. Born in South Weymouth, MA to Helen Scherer Pritchard and George Pritchard he was proud of the fact his father was born in Scotland, arriving in America at a very young age. He instilled in Jim and his brother Pete, a deeply rooted patriotic spirit and love of this country....
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Jane S. Malone

February 22, 1920 - January 4, 2015

Jane "Muzz" (Schrandt) Malone, long-time resident of Drexel Hill, Pa and more recently of West Grove, Pa, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the age of 94. Jane was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised, along with her two sisters Mary Ford and Dorothea Ballard, by her mother, Jeanne McKeon Schrandt. She attended Villa Maria Academy on a full academic scholarship. Following graduation, Jane...
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Vivian E. Smith

December 23, 1923 - January 3, 2015

VIVIAN E. SMITH, aged 91, formerly of Avondale, PA, went to be with the Lord on January 3, 2015. She was the wife of the late Lewis E. Smith. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Monroe Johnson and Anna Cubbage Johnson. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth "Porky" Johnson, two sisters, Mildred "Babes" Johnson and Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson, and a son, Richard...
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Elsie Katherine North Blevins

August 9, 1927 - January 3, 2015

Elsie Katherine North Blevins, age 87 of West Chester, PA, formerly of Oxford, PA, died Saturday January 3, 2015 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of the late Lee G. Blevins who died in 1983 and with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and the late Grace P. (Denn) North. Most important in...
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J. Paul Bush

December 8, 1918 - January 1, 2015

J. PAUL BUSH, age 96, of Hockessin, DE, formerly of West Grove, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at the Franciscan Care Center. He was the husband of Elizabeth Greer Bush, who passed away in 2000, and with whom he shared 37 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late James P. and Reba Buckalew Bush. He was a self employed dairy farmer. Mr. Bush...
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Barbara Ann Garver

January 8, 1945 - January 1, 2015

BARBARA ANN GARVER, age 69, of Coatesville, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Heartland Hospice, Wilmington, DE. She was the wife of Richard H. Garver, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Graham and Leona Rich Heath. Barbara was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Chatham Acres, Chatham, PA for over 37 years. ...
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Ronald B. Davis

August 10, 1929 - December 28, 2014

Ronald B. Davis, age 85 of West Grove, PA, died Sunday December 28, 2014 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in Chatham, PA. He was the husband of Dollie Bonsall Davis, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of Cora Davis. Mr. Davis served our country during the Korean War in the Army. He was a Truck Driver and worked for several local companies...
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Joseph E. Bentzel

May 7, 1923 - December 25, 2014

Joseph E. Bentzel, age 91, of West Chester, PA, died on Thursday December 25, 2014 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia Jacoby Bentzel, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in York, PA, he was a son of the late Ervin and the late Mae (Savage) Bentzel. Mr. Bentzel served our country during World War II as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, successfully...
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Milagros "Millie" Rojas Santos

September 10, 1988 - December 24, 2014

MILAGROS "Millie" ROJAS SANTOS, age 26, of Quarryville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Born in Bayamon, PR, she was the daughter of Elisandro Rojas and Carmen Santos of Quarryville, PA. She was a member of the Rock of refuge Church in Toughkenamon, PA. Millie loved to sing, enjoyed drawing, helping others, making people smile, and...
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Jay V. Irwin

April 25, 1925 - December 22, 2014

Jay V. Irwin, age 89 of Avondale, PA., died Monday December 22, 2014 at Brandywine Senior Living at Longwood in Kennett Square. He was the husband of Margaret McLaughlin Irwin, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. Born in DuBois, PA, he was a son of the late Vernon Bell and the late Emma Dean (Work) Irwin. Before finishing high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served stateside...
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William R. Daugherty

April 16, 1951 - December 20, 2014

WILLIAM R. DAUGHERTY, age 63, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE after a brief illness. Born in Lancaster, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Elmira Dinger Daugherty. He lived most of his life in the West Grove area and graduated from Avon Grove High School. Bill served in the U S Army in Fairbanks Alaska as a heavy...
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Mary Elizabeth Ludlam

November 11, 1964 - December 19, 2014

Mary Elizabeth Michelin Ludlam of West Grove, PA., passed from this life at home after a valiant 5 year struggle with cancer, on Friday, December 19, 2014. She was surrounded in love by her family and friends. Mary, ever optimistic and joyful, donned five different wigs at her 50th birthday celebration just last month. Mary was born November 11, 1964 in Ballston Spa, N.Y. to Dorothy and Henry...
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Gladys Eggers Vattilano

June 27, 1959 - December 18, 2014

GLADYS EGGERS VATTILANO, age 55, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at her residence. She was the wife of Richard A. Vattilano, with whom she shared 34 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Millard and Mazella May Eggers. Gladys was a cash application clerk at Herr's in Nottingham, PA for the past 1 ½ years. Prior to...
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Rita Ann Sarro

June 26, 1926 - December 17, 2014

Rita Ann Sarro, age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at her residence. Born in South Philadelphia, and resided in Newtown Square 50+ years. She is survived by her children Linda, Laura & John, Grandchildren Jenny, Kimberly & Johnny, Great-Grandchildren Rosalee & Adrianna. Her Memorial service will be held on January 17, 2015. Please email your...
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Anthony J. Martelli

June 1, 1926 - December 16, 2014

ANTHONY J. MARTELLI, age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at his residence. He was the husband of Betsy Dawson Sabatini Martelli, who passed away in 2010, and with whom he shared 7 years of marriage. Born in Kennett Square, PA, he was the son of the late Luca and Josephine Galante Martelli. Mr. Martelli was a mushroom grower, and part owner of the family...
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Wanda Edmondson Marine

February 19, 1928 - December 13, 2014

1928-2014 Wanda Edmondson Marine, age 86, a longtime resident of the Wilmington-Newark area passed away with her son in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late Romeo R. Marine who passed away in 1978. She was born in Mount Hope, West Virginia but spent her early years in Ashe County, North Carolina before moving north to Kennett Square, PA. Wanda spent...
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Louise M. Crawford

July 22, 1930 - December 13, 2014

LOUISE M. CRAWFORD, age 84, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at her residence. She was the wife of John T. Crawford, who passed away in 1985, and with whom she shared 31 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Elizabeth Manley Melrath. She was an Information Referral Secretary at the Kennett Area Senior Center,...
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Dorothy Johnson

June 23, 1926 - December 12, 2014

Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson, aged 88, went to be with the Lord on December 12, 2014. Born on June 23, 1926 in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Monroe Johnson and Anna Cubbage Johnson. She worked as a nurse's aide for many years. Dottie was fun-loving and enjoyed traveling with her sister Mildred. She was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth "Porky" Johnson and a sister,...
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Betsy Thompson Turner

February 7, 1927 - December 11, 2014

Betsy Thompson Turner, age 87, died on December 11th, 2014 at her home in Cartmel. She was predeceased by her husband, George C. Turner, in 1999. They were married for almost 50 years. Except for a few years in her early married life, Betsy was a resident of the Kennett Square area. She was the daughter of Theodore R. and Marion Pyle Thompson. She attended George School and graduated from...
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Willard R. Stem, Jr.

May 21, 1954 - December 9, 2014

Willard R. Stem Jr, age 60, of Lincoln University, PA., died suddenly Tuesday December 9, 2014 in Lincoln University, PA. He was the husband of Carol DeFidelto Stem, with whom he shared 35 years of marriage. He was born in Easton, PA and graduated from East Stroudsburg University where he was an Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee. He was a Financial Coach and was founder and owner of...
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Judith A. Marshall

April 21, 1950 - December 8, 2014

Judith A. Marshall, age 64, of Avondale, PA, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. She was the wife of Henry N. Marshall Jr., with whom she shared 20 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Brison and Mary Clayburn of Exton, PA. She lived with her aunt Vivian Brison for many years. Judith was a 1969 graduate of...
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Thomas C. Rosazza

December 28, 1933 - December 6, 2014

THOMAS C. ROSAZZA, age 80, of Avondale, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Twin Pines Health Care Center. He was the husband of Shirley Swisher Rosazza, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Avondale, PA, he was the son of the late Clarence O. and Fay Sluder Rosazza. Tom was a farmer at heart, and was a retired owner /operator of the family business, Glen Willow...
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Marjorie M. Anderson

January 21, 1921 - December 6, 2014

Marjorie M. Anderson age 93 of Kennett Square, Pa., died Saturday December 6, 2014 at Kendal Retirement community in Kennett Square. Born in Philadelphia, she lived in the Philadelphia area most of her life. Graduating from Haverford High School in 1937 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941, she was a retired teacher, who had taught at schools in four states. Starting in Pleasantville,...
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Shirl Lynn Grabenstein Sotak

January 21, 1965 - December 5, 2014

Shirl Lynn Grabenstein Sotak, age 49, of Avondale, PA, died Friday December 5, 2014 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital after a 2 year battle with cancer. Born in Ridley Park, PA she was a daughter of Robert C. Grabenstein of Wilmington, DE and the late Joan Willett Grabenstein. Shirl graduated from Padua Academy in 1983 and the University of Delaware in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts...
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James Ralph Jennings

July 31, 1957 - December 3, 2014

James (Jimmy) Ralph Jennings, 57, of Lincoln University, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Dolores Weaverling Jennings, who passed away this past July, and with whom he shared 32 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of James B. and Kathryn A. Jenkins Jennings of Lehigh Acres, FL. Jimmy was a maintenance man at...
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Denise M. Bush

June 5, 1961 - November 30, 2014

DENISE M. BUSH, age 53, of Avondale, PA, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at the Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. PA. Born in West Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frank E. Bush Sr. and Marie D'Antonio Bush Denise was a certified nursing assistant at Pocopson Home. She was a 1979 graduate of Avon Grove High School. She was an avid Bingo player, and...
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Paul J. White

January 29, 1926 - November 27, 2014

PAUL J. WHITE, age 88, passed away on November 27, 2014, at his residence. He was the husband of Evelyn Bosack White, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. He worked his entire career at ARCO Chemical Co. in Philadelphia, retiring in 1981. He is survived by two daughters ,Tara Kee (David) and Hallie Speight (Allen), and three grandsons, Dylan and Jordan Kee and William Speight. His...
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Vernon Brice Paisley

July 26, 1937 - November 26, 2014

VERNON BRICE PAISLEY, age 77, of Landenberg, PA, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at his daughter's home in Clayton, DE. Born in Landenberg, PA, he was the son of the late James Herchell and Jessie Williams Paisley. Vernon was a chemical research technician at Hercules, Inc., Wilmington, DE, for 38 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, archery and...
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Steven C. Engle

December 4, 1964 - November 25, 2014

Steven Clay Engle, age 49 of Kennett Square, PA, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family after a 2 year battle with cancer. Born in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late R. LaVerne Engle who died in 2006 and Cynthia (Winner) Engle of Kennett Square. Steve graduated from Kennett High School in 1982 and Messiah College in 1986 with a BA in Human...
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James Bernard McShane

August 7, 1932 - November 24, 2014

James Bernard McShane "Mr. Jim" , age 82, was born August 7th, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away on November 24th, 2014 in Onancock, Virginia. James McShane served in the Air Force and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and was a proud member of the American Legion. He worked for the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware for many years and retired...
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